The Sunday program’s Adam Shand and Paul Staindl have just
scored free 12-month renewals of their subscriptions following their
profile of Crikey today which is summarised on the Sunday website here.

We’ll
even probably have to give a free subsciption to the lamentable shock
jock Steve Price after he went on Sunday to give us a spray. The Sunday
website claimed that “for the first time, radio broadcaster Steve Price
talks about his defamation suit against Mayne”. Well, first time on
television at least. He did give some comments to The Australian on the
day we settled and he spoke to Gary Linnell for that Good Weekend cover
story in 2002.

Interestingly, Price was the only one of the
critics that Linnell quoted who bowled up for a second whack on Sunday.
People like Eddie McGuire and Herald Sun editor Peter Blunden declined
this time. Having failed against Alan Jones on the 2UE Breakfast slot
and with dismal ratings in the 2UE Drive shift, Price obviously needs
all the publicity he can get. The Curse of Crikey, which afflicts all
those who do bad things to us, will clearly make Price’s life miserable
for many years yet.

May 19 – Mark Day threatens subs for mentions expose

Mark Day writes:

“Hey Crikey, I’m mortified – wrist-slashing, even – to note you’re
giving subs for mention renewals to Shand, Staindl and Price (shudder)
for the Sunday profile, yet you have punted me! I expired last
Saturday, apparently, yet I saw myself say on Sunday: “There’s nothing
wrong with being a pot stirrer …” before giving you the old accuracy
accuracy accuracy tickle-up.

If you don’t reinstate me, I might have to mention your inconsistency!

Cheers, Mark Day

CRIKEY: Indeed it is so. Mark Day has received a free renewal for his
subs for mentions effort on Sunday and anyone else who claims they’re
been diddled and not dragged into the scandal should email boss
@crikey.com.au and put their case.

May 20 – More subs for mentions claims

Hobart Mercury columnist Wayne Crawford writes:

Hi Crikey, I’ve long been a proud subscriber to Crikey and have been
more than happy to pay my fees (well in advance) and make my
contribution to the crikey family mortgage. So I’ve not bothered to
mention this before, but if it’s good enough for Mark Day…

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve given Crikey a free plug in
my column in the Hobart daily,The Mercury. The last time was in
February on the issue of whether the Tasmanian media was correct to
hold off on publishing the story about Jim Bacon having to stand aside
as Premier to be treated for cancer. Here it is:

“It was not only the Tasmanian media which did not run the story. Even
Stephen Mayne’s very gossipy and often scandalous website
www.crikey.com.au — which rarely hesitates to publish unsubstantiated
rumours (and then apologise later if it turns out to be wrong) —
recognised the sensitivity of this one. Crikey says it got an e-mail on
the Thursday to the effect that Bacon had incurable cancer. But Crikey
had been unable to check it out before The Weekend Australian broke the
story, basing its information on unnamed sources and without
confirmation from the Premier’s office. Other news offices in Canberra
had heard the story by the Friday afternoon but did not touch it
without official confirmation.”

Does three mentions of crikey in one column entitle me to life membership?

Bests, Wayne Crawford
The Mercury

CRIKEY: Fair enough, we’ve given Wayne a 12-month extension and will
happily honour anyone else who puts in a legitimate claim to boss
@crikey.com.au.

Anyway, here are some of the other subs for mentions scandals that have
engulfed Crikey in self-inflicted mock controversy over the past three
years:

How the fun and games started in Senate Estimates

The
Labor boys in Senate Estimates have had fun over the past three years
debating the subs for mentions scandal whenever they’ve qualified and
it all started way back in February 2001 as you see here: http://www.crikey.com.au/politics/2001/02/18-freesubs.html

More examples of the Estimates games are picked up in this recent log of subs for mentions: http://www.crikey.com.au/media/2003/05/30-comment.html

Latham’s only free subscription

You have to read down a bit but this link
takes you to the only free subscription that Mark Latham has scored.
Ironically, he was bagging us for getting something wrong but managed
to wrongly accuse of spindoctor Andrew Parker of being our very own
political insider Hillary Bray

Senators score multiple free subscriptions

Crikey
recently gave evidence before a Parliamentary committee on corporate
law reform and Senators Stephen Conroy and Andrew Murray scored plenty
of free subscriptions as you can see here: http://www.crikey.com.au/whistleblower/2004/05/04-0001.html

FT and Sunday Sunrise in subs for mentions scandals

April 26 subscriber-only sealed section

Crikey
cracked a mention in the venerable Financial Times of London last week
as Australian correspondent Virginia Marsh earned a free renewal under
our continuing subs for mentions scandal. Here is the relevant extract
from a feature on corporate governance and the NAB:

Advocates of better corporate governance, however, argue that institutional investors are themselves part of the problem.

While
proxy voting among shareholders of big companies had risen to 44 per
cent by last year – up from 32 per cent in 1999, according to CGI
surveys – it remains well below the rates of 80 and 55 per cent found
in the US and UK respectively. “Australia fundamentally lacks a culture
of shareholder pressure,” says Stephen Mayne, the country’s best-known
shareholder activist. “Shareholders rarely put up resolutions at AGMs.
They allow directors to monopolise governance.” The one exception where
local fund managers have taken a stand, he says, is over remuneration.
Controversial salary and options packages have been less of a problem
in Australia than in the US and UK.

But a degree of
shareholder activism became apparent last year when local institutions
refused to support a News Corp options package, forcing Rupert Murdoch
into a humiliating retreat at the group’s annual meeting. This may have
sped the group’s decision, announced this month, to move its primary
listing to the US, Mr Mayne says.

Many commentators,
however, believe the most pressing issue for Australia’s boards – which
have a reputation for clubbiness – is the need to broaden the range of
skills and to increase directors’ diversity.”

ends

Michael Pascoe also joined the fray this morning on Sunday Sunrise when the following went to air in his editorial comment:

“So
if the Lowys are following the trend towards the much cleaner
internally managed model, who would be the stand-out chain-dragger with
a dubious externally managed set up? We can only endorse corporate
gadfly crikey.com.au on that one: Macquarie Bank’s toll road milch cow,
Macquarie Infrastructure Group. Crikey reckons MIG has dumbly paid Mac
Bank more than half a billion dollars in fees over the past half dozen
years or so. Makes the Lowys’ management look generous.”

Check out the full Pascoe spiel, including that piece attacking the ACCC for not throwing the book at Microsoft, here: http://www.seven.com.au/sundaysunrise/finance_040425_pascoe

One for history – Crikey mentioned by Jayson Blair

April 27 sealed section

We
were cleaning out hundreds of old files last night and discovered
something that will have to feature in the Crikey book if we ever get
around to writing it.

Jayson Blair became one of the most
famous journalists in the world when he was sacked for concocting
dozens of stories in The New York Times. Lo and behold, the one mention
that Crikey has cracked in the New York Times carried a Jayson Blair
by-line.

If anyone knows where the lad is these days we’ll
happily give him that free sub under our subs for mentions scandal,
although the serial concocter predictably didn’t get our name write.
Here is the relevant passage:

New Editor at Post Raised Sydney Paper’s Influence

April 25, 2001

By Felicity Barringer and Jayson Blair

Anyone
who likes a boisterous newspaper town will enjoy these headlines
produced by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, currently edited by Col Allan,
the Australian editor-in-waiting of The New York Post:

“A Nation of B*stards,” over an article about rising illegitimacy rates.

“Lessons for Ugly Parents,” about a code to control obnoxious sideline behavior in youth sports.

“Like
being savaged by a dead sheep,” (echoing a former Labor minister in
Britain), on an article about the alleged namby-pambiness of the Labor
Party leader.

Mr Allan is expected to bring a rambunctious
sensibility to New York’s rambunctious political and media worlds,
according to those who have worked with him.

He also has
a close working relationship with Lachlan Murdoch, the son and possible
successor of Rupert Murdoch at the helm of the News Corporation, which,
through outlets like The Post and Fox Television, has remade the
American media landscape in the last two decades.

On
Monday, Mr Allan was named editor of The Post, replacing Xana Antunes,
who had worked her way into the job by revitalizing The Post’s business
and media coverage but had little long-term history with her company’s
founders. By yesterday morning, Mr Allan’s history, as described by
Australian Web sites like crikey.com, was fodder for every newsroom in
the city.

But the personal details (he has boasted about
his occasional habit of urinating in his office sink during editors’
meetings) do not overshadow the fact that the man from the rural town
of Dubbo in New South Wales made The Telegraph into a readable,
influential tabloid.

The Tanner and Ciobo contribution

Labor’s
communications spokesman Lindsay Tanner and Liberal MP Steve Ciobo both
scored freebies with this little debate about media diversity: http://www.crikey.com.au/media/2003/12/02-0005.html

More subs for mentions in the Victorian Parliament

From the April 23 sealed section

Chris
Strong, an upper house Liberal member in the Victorian Parliament, has
qualified under our subs for mentions scandal with this effort about
the troubled Glen Eira council in the Legislative Council this week:

Hon.
C. A. STRONG – In his submission yesterday Mr Pullen also referred to
his favourite councillor, Rachelle Sapir, who I would remind members
was elected to council on less than 6 per cent of the primary vote
owing her election to Cr Martens whose ticket she was on.

Cr
Sapir is the same one who has failed to submit a report on a travel
junket she received from the council as required by Glen Eira’s
entitlement policy.

As is well known and has been reported at length on crikey.com.au,
this friction within Glen Eira council has resulted in a police
investigation into an assault by Cr Noel Erlich on visitors in the
council gallery. It is an incident which I am led to understand has
been recorded on the council closed-circuit TV security system.

I
request that the minister investigate the concept of anger management
programs for councils and councillors, which would be of benefit to
those who have experienced assaults by Cr Erlich within the council
chamber.

Minister Abetz must go!

From a Hillary Bray column on May 26, 2002

Misleading
the Parliament is a serious business and when a Minister misleads
Parliament, that Minister should go. So, is the Curse of Crikey about
to fall on Erica Betz. There seems to be a prima facie case that he
mislead the Senate.

This exchange came up in the Senate Finance and Administration estimates on Wednesday:

“Senator Abetz –Next you will be asking about `crikey.com’.”

“Senator Conroy –A well-read magazine. You have just got yourself another subscription.”

“Senator Abetz –No, I have never read it and I refuse to, but I have heard reports.”

The
following day however, while the Committee was looking at the strange
electoral role practices of the family of somnolent Queensland
backbencher Alex Somlyay as revealed by Crikey, he seemed to have
something different to say.

“Senator Abetz –A friend at crikey.com? I hardly think so.”

“Senator Faulkner –Should I say `your enemies’?”

“Senator Abetz –That would be right, given the things they allegedly write about me.”

“Senator Faulkner –They must have been drawn to your attention.”

“Senator Abetz –Some kind people print them off and put them on my desk for me.”

“Senator Faulkner –There we go.”

“Senator Abetz –In case I feel too good one particular day, they just run it off for me to deflate me somewhat.”

That sounds as if he reads these print outs and that means he reads Crikey and that he mislead the Senate on Wednesday.

So
what’s the truth, Minister? Which way is it? Hillary is sure that
Labor’s Senate Leader, John Faulkner, won’t let the matter rest. You
may yet regret your description of Crikey as “pathetic, useless,
unreliable”.

PS While Erica is technically entitled to a
free Crikey subscription under the terms of the Crikey Subs for
Mentions Scandal, he has been declared ineligible as he has a silly
voice.

Apology to Senator Andrew Murray

Yep.
Crikey owes a big, big apology to Andrew Murray for missing his
reference to this august e-zine during the Committee stage of the
Ministers of State Amendment Bill on March 21.

We’ve
fixed him up with a free subscription available to all members of all
Australian Parliaments who mention Crikey in either the chambers or
committee meetings and in return the Senator has been kind enough to
offer a donation to the charity of Hillary’s choice. Your writer thinks
that Amnesty is a good cause for media and political junkies to support
so a big round of applause for Senator Murray.

Peter Fray

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